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Prevention Institute's focus on quality prevention and equity fits right in with the American Public Health Association's 2010 conference theme of "Social Justice." Our staff will be present throughout the conference, bringing an interdisciplinary approach that connects prevention to issues including injury, healthy food, joint use and health equity.

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Prevention is Primary:  Strategies for Community Well-Being
Book Signing
Tuesday November 9, 2-3pm
Colorado Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Booth 1348

Please join Prevention is Primary co-editors Larry Cohen, Vivian Chavéz and Sana Chehimi for a November 9th book signing. Prevention is Primary provides a foundation in the principles guiding primary prevention efforts, highlighting prevention practice through a range of social and health issues, including chronic disease, HIV, violence, and mental health. This second edition textbook builds on the first edition with updated facts and a new perspective in light of health reform legislation. Read the first chapter of Prevention is Primary, and order your copy now and receive $15 off the cover price. Copies will also be available for purchase at the book signing.

Please Join Prevention Institute staff at the following sessions:
A time of opportunity: Local solutions to reduce inequities in health and safety

Nov 8, 11:15 AM, 226728
Virginia Lee
Drawing on findings from A Time of Opportunity: Local Solutions to Reduce Inequities in Health and Safety, a report commissioned by The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Disparities, Prevention Institute's Virginia Lee will discuss three policy principles essential to achieving equity in health and safety outcomes, and explore the elements of a community approach to reducing inequities. The presentation will explain the need for a health care system that both delivers appropriate health care and addresses the root causes of illness and injuries, and will identify a range of community, healthcare, systems and overarching local strategies that can achieve equity in health and safety.

Communities in action: A catalogue of health equity profiles
Nov 8, 12:30 PM, 226412
Sana Chehimi, MPH
The Health Equity Profiles Catalog is a repository of exemplary strategies for promoting health and safety among socially and economically disadvantaged populations by shaping and sustaining environments that prevent illness and injury in the first place. This presentation will focus on the value of disseminating case studies and local examples of successful initiatives that seek to create equitable social, physical, and economic environments to inspire similar work in other locales; explore the importance of weaving a health equity focus into local public health initiatives; and demonstrate the usefulness of the health equity profiles as models and inspiration when planning, implementing, and evaluating community health initiatives.

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies and Tools Learned from the Field of Injury and Violence Prevention
Nov 8, 2:30 PM; 233979
Larry Cohen, MSW
Injuries result in more deaths than all other causes combined for people aged 5 to 44 years—and they are preventable. Prevention Institute's Executive Director Larry Cohen will discuss injury prevention tools and strategies that can be effectively applied across public health to strengthen the field of public health overall. Dr. Linda Degutis, newly-appointed Director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control effective will make closing comments.

Health Equity and Prevention Primer: Advancing public health advocacy to eliminate inequities in health and safety
Nov 8, 4:30 PM, 227126
Virginia Lee
Health Equity and Prevention Primer (HEPP), an online learning tool, consists of an equity-focused curriculum, embedded with prevention frameworks, promising practices, tools and resources for building capacity to achieve equitable health and safety outcomes. Using an innovative technology-based approach for bringing an equity lens to the field of public health, HEPP is particularly designed to overcome the time and budgetary constraints that many public health departments and related sectors face when attempting to engage in primary prevention for building equity. Prevention Institute's Virginia Lee will explore the importance of and challenges to integrating equity into health and safety efforts; review HEPP and identify potential audiences and uses of the Primer to strengthen the capacity of practitioners and advocates to advance health equity.

Transforming communities to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation: A primary prevention approach
Nov 9, 10:30 AM 226700
Larry Cohen
While the health field has made the case for the detrimental effects of child sexual abuse and exploitation, the responses to the problem have largely focused on aftermath actions such as incarceration and individual protection. Preventing child sexual abuse requires a shift of focus from individuals to environments and from fear to wellness—a public health approach. Tailored to the expertise of public health practitioners, participants in this session will have an opportunity to review five key norms that contribute to child sexual abuse, a primary prevention framework designed to shift those norms, potential strategies to be incorporated as part of a collaborative plan, and lessons learned from a multi-sectoral convening process.

Healthy People, Healthy Places: Building community capacity to improve health and safety
Nov 9, 10:30 AM, 227994
Brian Raymond, Convergence Partnership
Where people live, work, learn, and play significantly impacts their health. People thrive when they live in communities with walkable and bikeable streets, safe parks and playgrounds, grocery stores selling healthy foods and beverages, and neighbors who know each other. However, in communities plagued by violence, strategies to promote health and well-being often do not have maximum impact. This presentation will explore these dynamics and discuss the Convergence Partnership, a national collaboration among funders, formed in order to strengthen and accelerate collaborative efforts to support healthy eating and active living in communities with existing disparities in health and safety, as well as the community pilot initiative program.

STRYVE: Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere
Nov 9, 10:30 AM, 218359
Corinne David-Ferdon, PhD
Youth violence is complex and a significant public health issue that crosses institutional boundaries. Successful violence prevention requires attention to the multiple issues, policies, and systems that promote or protect against the development of violent attitudes and behaviors. This presentation will discuss STRYVE: Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, which addresses this complexity by providing a comprehensive, multi-sector strategy to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of youth violence prevention efforts in communities and identify youth violence prevention strategies that address individual, interpersonal, community, and societal risk and protective factors.

Federal Surface Transportation Bill: An opportunity to support physical activity and healthy communities
Nov 9, 12:30 PM, 223354
Larry Cohen, MSW
The Convergence Partnership, a national collaborative of funders seeking to achieve the goal of healthy people in healthy places by improving food and activity environments, commissioned a set of papers on the breadth of research on health and equity impacts from transportation policies and practices, and that highlight community based strategies that support health and equity by improving safety for all travelers, such as increasing options for walking and bicycling, and creating opportunity through access to key community resources. This presentation will discuss research and strategies which focus on ways to support regular physical activity in people's daily lives, but which will also be presented as elements of a larger agenda for health and equity in transportation policy. The session will highlight opportunities to advance these strategies through the authorization of a new federal transportation bill, identify levers for public health engagement, and  explore strategic partners that health professionals can engage to advance these strategies.

A Comprehensive Policy Approach for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Advancing Social Justice
Nov 9, 4:30 PM, 224354
Sana Chehimi, MPH
Healthy foods are fundamental to good health and community vitality. In the United States today, access to healthy foods is marked by inequities. In many communities of color and low-income neighborhoods, particularly, it can be difficult to find fresh, affordable, high-quality fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods. This disparity increases the risk of chronic disease for these residents. This presentation will explain the importance of a systems and public policy approach for improving access to healthy food and addressing health equity, and describe five to seven specific organizational practices and/or policies that public health advocates can promote in order to improve policies for healthy eating. It will also identify partners outside of public health that can help advance a policy agenda to improve access to healthy food.

Joint Use of Public Facilities: Equalizing Access to Physical Activity Opportunities
Nov 10 12:30 PM; 231148
Manal Aboelata, MPH
Joint Use Initiatives bring together multiple sectors, from community collaboratives to school board administrators to academic researchers, to ensure that all children have a safe place to play and be active. Prevention Institute's Manal Aboelata discusses California's Joint Use Statewide Taskforce, whose mission is to increase community access to playgrounds through joint use agreements between school districts and local governments, and provides a venue to discuss sustainable local and regional and statewide efforts.

We also encourage you to attend the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy Listening Session on Monday, November 8, 2010: 7:30 AM. This session will provide an important opportunity to provide feedback on the implementation plan within the National Prevention/ Health Promotion Strategy.